Our council held its annual kickoff for key donors and supporters of Friends of Scouting this week. I’m sure it was a mistake, but I was invited to attend the reception and program, held at the historic Greenfield Village. While I am an annual supporting contributor and conduct presentations for packs and troops in our area, I’m not in the same class as those who give tens of thousands of dollars or endow our council’s camps and facilities.
The message delivered by our new council president convinced me, however, that it was no mistake. He gave his personal reflections on how Scouting changed his life and that of his sons, on the road to success thanks in part to the values instilled through their participation in Scouting. He conveyed the thought that we are all VIPs in the Scouting movement. Every one of us volunteers is giving of our time, our talents and our treasure to ensure that the movement that means so much to us can endure, grow and be there for our childrens’ children and beyond.
We may not all be James West fellows or be able to underwrite a new wing for our council’s headquarters, but we can give of our treasure as we give of our time and talent. Every family contributing to Friends of Scouting, regardless of the amount, is an important vote for the program that is doing good things in our communities.
I trust that, as an involved and committed Scouter, you are contributing some of your treasure as well as your knowledge and your “one hour a week”. Since you stand for what makes us strong, why not consider helping to spread the word? Your district’s Family Friends of Scouting team can use volunteers like you to talk with families about why you think Scouting is so great and to invite them to become a Friend of Scouting themselves. Talk to your district chairman or professional partner and let them know that you’re ready to help.